The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (the ‘Registry’) is a public entity of the Government of Dubai that provides a service to non-Muslims in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah enabling them to pass on their assets and/or appoint guardians for their children, in accordance with the instructions in their Will. Eligible individuals can achieve that certainty through registering a Will at the Registry and having this enforced via the DIFC Courts. In the absence of a DIFC Will your assets would be distributed to specific family members in accordance with local laws. For an indication of how your assets would be distributed if you do not have a DIFC Will, please use our Inheritance Calculator below.
The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules (the ‘Registry Rules’) allow eligible individuals the option to register different types of Will depending on the assets that they wish to cover, and whether they wish to encompass guardianship arrangements.
There are currently four types of ‘DIFC Will’ that can be registered, referred to as the ‘Guardianship Will’, ‘Property Will’, ‘Free Zone Company Will’ and the ‘Full Will’, the key features of which are summarised below.
You should carefully review your situation and satisfy yourself that the type of DIFC Will you have chosen encompasses all of your needs. You should then decide whether to draft your DIFC Will yourself or otherwise engage the services of a lawyer. As your DIFC Will represents an extremely valuable and important legal document you are strongly advised to consider taking legal advice in its preparation. The Registry maintains a Register of Will Draftsmen containing a list of qualified legal representatives who are approved to prepare DIFC Wills for registration. Once your DIFC Will is drafted you should book an appointment and submit your draft DIFC Will to the Registry so that we may check that it meets certain minimum requirements. At the registration appointment (which takes around 1 hour) you are required to bring one witness who has not been mentioned in your DIFC Will together with your ID documents and any required supporting paperwork to be attached to your DIFC Will.
To get an indication of how your assets would be distributed in the absence of a DIFC Will, please enter the number of all your family members in the table below. You can also add the number of any friends you would wish to benefit.x